Pupil’s rapport with veterans

Lydia Palmer and the Member of Parliament for Christchurch, Mr Christopher Chope with the Legion D'Honneur
Lydia Palmer and the Member of Parliament for Christchurch, Mr Christopher Chope with the Legion D'Honneur
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On Sunday, November 6, a year 11 Pupil from Tanbridge School, Horsham travelled to Christchurch, Dorset to not only take part in, but play an important role in “For Queen and Country” an Evening of Remembrance and Celebration at the Regent Centre Theatre.

The evening featured many veterans from WWII to more recent conflicts in N. Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Lydia Palmer made a presentation of a long stem poppy to each veteran and also had the privilege to assist the Member of Parliament for Christchurch, Mr Christopher Chope, in awarding Veteran Charles Searle the Legion D’honneur, Frances highest award to those who played a part in her liberation.

Steff Emmett, Musical Director of the Christchurch and District Band and Producer of “For Queen and Country” said: “Lydia’s conduct and professionalism is a credit, not only to her and her family, but to her school. Her empathy and humour made her an instant hit with the Veterans before and after the show. It would be lovely if she could make it again next year.”

Contributed by Christchurch and District Band

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